Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III, the second overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft, has been making every effort to return to the field in 2013. Griffin III was recently cleared to start running again, which will go a long way in determining if he can regain the acclaim he enjoyed during the 2012 NFL season before his right ACL injury.
However, not everyone is on board with RG3’s efforts. Former Redskins’ quarterback Donovan McNabb (who, ironically, was the second overall pick of the 1999 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and finished his career with the Minnesota Vikings), was quoted as saying the RG3 is “doing too much” not only in an effort to return to the field, but also in reestablishing his brand. RG3’s press conferences regarding his progress, as well as the selling out of the gift registry for his upcoming wedding, prompted McNabb to use the words “sideshow” and “circus” in his assessment of the young quarterback.
McNabb’s assessment of Griffin III is misguided. Redskins’ fans remember the organization acquiring McNabb before the 2010 season. After 11 years of dominating Washington as a member of the Eagles, McNabb was signed by the Redskins in an effort to solidify the team’s problematic quarterback position. While McNabb provided a few good moments for the Redskins, he was wildly inconsistent during his two year tenure in Washington. He was benched midway in the 2011 season, which led to his eventual exit.
It’s easy to see why McNabb would espouse such views about RG3, who is not only the face of the Redskins, but quite possibly the NFL. Griffin III is an exciting quarterback with the intelligence, skill, and leadership qualities to accomplish what McNabb couldn’t: turn around an irrelevant Redskins’ franchise. With apologies to Rex Grossman and John Beck, Washington’s co-starting quarterbacks for the remainder of the 2011 season, RG3 essentially replaced McNabb in Washington. And there’s nothing more humiliating to an athlete than losing your starting position when you can still play.
McNabb won six division titles and one NFC title with the Eagles, which solidifies his NFL resume. However, his recent comments about Griffin III reflect a petty, jealous demeanor reminiscent of his days playing with former wide receiver Terrell Owens. It’s unbecoming of McNabb, and solidifies the belief that Griffin III will be the Redskins’ franchise quarterback for years to come.